Kneehill County officials excel in municipal leadership course

Kneehill Managers

On December 6, 2018, the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus granted nine participants from six different municipalities’ Certificates in Rural Municipal Leadership through their Rural Municipal Leadership Certificate Series, led by president and CEO of 13 Ways Inc. and author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community Dough Griffiths.

"I would like to congratulate the graduates of the new Rural Municipal Leadership Certificate series,” said Griffiths, shortly after presenting certificates to the group of the participants that completed every course in the series. “I think all of our participants will attest to the practical tools and value that they pulled out of this series, and how it will help propel their communities and their careers to the next level of opportunity."

The series of one-day courses, specifically designed for mayors, reeves, councillors and municipal administration to come together to strengthen their leadership skills focused on six topics, including Roles & Responsibilities, Strategic Leadership, Communication & Engagement, Planning & Action, Municipal Collaboration, and Change Management. Participant Will Wolfe from Kneehill County said that he enjoyed the workshop because it made clear the notion that everyone was in the same struggle together. “These are important topics that aren’t necessarily brought up on a regular basis,” he said. “It was great to have the opportunity to share similar problems both as a whole and in small groups.”

The course is run through the Augustana Extended Education (AEE) program, which began offering courses in 2015 with a Sustainability 101 Certificate Series. While that series offered instruction on building sustainable communities, registrant feedback indicated a gap in training for elected officials and others involved in municipal governance. That is when AEE teamed up with Griffiths to deliver the new Rural Municipal Leadership series. The entire series is scheduled to repeat between January and April 2019, at the UofA Augustana Campus in Camrose. For more information on the series and how to get involved, please contact AEE Program Coordinator Kelaine Brand at or 780-679-1502.